"It is our responsibility to help our soldiers and civilians understand how to identify at-risk individuals, recognize warning signs and know how to take direct action."

The #1 Cause of Suicide is Untreated Depression!

Not all people with depression will have all these symptoms or have them to the same degree. If a person has four or more of these symptoms, if nothing can make them go away, and if they last more than two weeks, a doctor or psychiatrist should be consulted.


Persistent sad or "empty" mood.
Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless, pessimistic and guilty.
Substance abuse.
Fatigue or loss of interest in ordinary activities, including sex.
Disturbances in eating and sleeping patterns.
Irritability, increased crying, anxiety and panic attacks.
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
Thoughts of suicide; suicide plans or attempts.
Persistent physical symptoms or pains that do not respond to treatment.


Talking about suicide.
Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.
Preoccupation with death.
Suddenly happier, calmer.
Loss of interest in things one cares about.
Visiting or calling people one cares about.
Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order.
Giving things away.

Depression and Suicide

Suicide Prevention


Test Your Self

Step 4
Online Quiz

Step One PowerPoint Presentation on Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training for the United States Army

Step Two
Hot Topic article on Suicide Prevention in Soldiers Magazine

General Information says: If you feel that you are suffering from depression and have thoughts of suicide, PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR! Most people can be treated by medication.

Step Three
PowerPoint Presentation on Suicide Prevention

Need help Now? Call the National Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE

Link to Suicide Prevention Resource Manual

Disclaimer: The diagnosis and treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders requires trained medical professionals. The information provided is for educational purposes only. It should NOT be used as a substitute for seeking professional care of any mental/psychiatric disorders.

Information Courtesy of Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine and Suicide Awareness \ Voices of Education (SA\VE), www.save.org